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Description

Oral history interview of Dr. Daniel Topping. Interview conducted by Adam Rock at the University of Central Florida Medical School in Orlando, Florida on 03/07/2018.

Log

0:01 Introduction; 0:55 Place of birth/date of birth; 1:20 Family; 1:54 Education growing up; 2:17 Family military service; 2:56 Employment before joining service; 3:41 Reasons for joining the military; 4:36 Choosing the Army over other services; 5:18 Basic Training; 6:21 Language training; 7:41 Army MOS and additional training; 9:28 Airborne School and the Panama Invasion; 10:30 Air Assault School; 11:10 First duty station following training; 12:40 First impressions of Alaska; 13:57 Additional duties and training in Alaska; 15:00 Correspondence courses; 16:15 Reasons for avoiding promotion board; 16:40 Typical day in Alaska; 19:08 Friendships developed in the military; 22:20 Communicating with home; 23:17 Leave in the Army; 25:01 Most memorable experiences in Alaska; 27:21 Leaving the Army; 29:25 Returning to civilian life; 30:31 Getting into the medical field; 35:04 Application of military skills to civilian life; 38:39 Advice for those considering joining the military; 41:23 Final thoughts; 42:25 Conclusion.

Date of Birth

1970-07-18

Place of Birth

Orlando (Fla.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Florida

War or Conflict

Cold War Era

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1988-06-22

1992-06-21

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

Alpha Company; 106th Military Intelligence Battalion; 6th Infantry Division (Light)

Location of Service

Iraq; Afghanistan

Highest Rank

Specialist; E4

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

Unspecified

Battles

None

Medals

Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal (one oak leaf cluster); Army Good Conduct Medal; Army Overseas Service Medal; Parachutist Badge; Air Assault Badge

Achievements

The veteran served in Alaska for 2 years. He is a Persian Gulf War Era Veteran.

Note

Not applicable

City of Birth

Orlando

Country of Birth

US

Interviewer

Rock, Adam

Interview Date

Spring 3-7-2018

Location of Interview

UCF Medical Center Lake Nona, Orlando, FL

Subjects

Topping, Daniel B.; Cold War -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army

Collection Description

Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES; University of Central Florida

Contributors

Rock, Adam

Length of Interview

43 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

Rights

All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview

Semester

Spring


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